Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, August 07, 1980, Page 4, Image 4

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    I reporter’s notebook
Our intrepid reporter guzzles liquor,
intimidates governors, and discovers.. .
Nobody yelled "All aboard!”
I was looking forward to
that, too. Here it was, my first
train ride, and I was lucky
enough to draw Saturday's
ceremonial run of the
Willamette Valley Express.
Maybe I should have been
thankful for that in itself, but I
had two expectations besides.
One, I wanted to hear a
conductor with a pocket
watch yell "All aboard!"
Two, I wanted to get drunk
off my ass.
The trip was half
State and Amtrak officials
planned the run to gain
publicity for the new
Portland-to-Eugene train,
filling the six whistlestops with
a Dixieland band, balloons
and politicians.
"The history people
thought railroads were dead
as a dodo — but they
weren’t,” Gov. Vic Atiyeh told
a crowd of 400 Very Important
Freeloaders in Portland The
governor's wife wasted a
bottle of champagne
christening the train, the
crowd cheered, and
everybody boarded the train
for a free ride to Eugene.
On board, passengers
found plenty of
complimentary champagne to
make up for the wasted bottle.
Train attendants distributed
foldable paper engineer’s
caps so everbody could look
silly while feeling happy.
And then tell all their friends
what fun it is to ride the train.
I had fun.
Putting on my Joe Rossi
face, I walked up to the
governor, shoved a
microphone up his nose and
asked him how the state could
foot one-fifth of the bill —
$600,000 — for the train’s
11 -month trial run when
everything else in the state
budget was getting hacked
I asked him nicely, mind you
— the governor’s wife was still
holding that broken
champagne bottle.
“It’s a contract that we had
concluded before all of this
came along,” he said. “We
just don’t think it's
appropriate to cut back on
contracts that we’ve agreed
Feeling happy that I had
asked the Tough Question, I
retreated to my seat (ooooh,
the legroom), balanced a
plastic champagne glass in
my hand and looked around.
Amtrak brought out the Big
Guns for this trip — four
brand-new, million-dollar,
double-decker Superliner
passenger coaches. Upstairs
it looked like a jet interior;
downstairs the toilets lurked.
Two holes were cut out by the
sink: one marked “Trash,” the
other “Sanitary Napkins and
Disposable Diapers.”
Both emptied into the same
I emptied a few rum and
Cokes when I returned to my
seat. The can of Coke cost 50
cents at the downstairs
concession stand. The rum I
had bought the night before.
If I had not planned ahead,
the Amtrak folks would have
stiffed me a buck for each can
of beer. Higher-octane
premium brews cost $1.25.
How sobering.
But not sobering enough,
Photo by Dennis Tachibana
thank God. By the time the
train arrived in Eugene, I had
neatly consumed two-thirds of
a flask of rum, along with a
dollar’s worth of Coke. My day
was over — I would happily
stagger to my car and violate
a few driving laws before I
made it home.
The Portland freeloaders
were not so lucky. They had
to endure a few more
speeches before they were
allowed to head back.
By bus.
Story by MIKE LEE
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